TheShu

TheShu

It is wonderful to be barefoot during a Pilates session, but many people prefer to have something on their feet. Whether it is for warmth, cleanliness, comfort or to avoid slipping, there are many options available these days for covering the feet. One of the options in our industry is called TheShu. TheShu is a lightweight and comfortable slipper-like foot covering that is made in the Philippines. It is geared toward indoor sports to help with performance while maintaining a barefoot feeling. Their Athletic design, made of Lycra® or other similar fabrics, has a skid resistant sole. They also have an eco-friendly option, which uses Bamboo or Cotton and Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) for the non skid sole. There are two styles,... Continue ...

Pilates DVD – Jennifer Kries Master Trainer Series

Pilates DVD – Jennifer Kries Master Trainer Series

This collection of Pilates DVDs is the work of well known presenter and teacher trainer, Jennifer Kries. The series offers 5 DVDs; 4 of which address the different Pilates apparatus (Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, and Ladder Barrel) and the fifth which addresses Pilates mat work. Kries is a second generation instructor and teacher trainer and has studied with Romana Kryzanowska, Ron Fletcher and Eve Gentry. She has vast experience in dance, yoga and exercise and she is the owner/founder of the Hot Body Cool Mind studio in the Philadelphia area.  Kries is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and has studied other yoga disciplines as well. She has several other DVD titles as well some of which blend yoga, Pilates and other mind-body... Continue ...

Zobha …Every movement, every moment

Zobha …Every movement, every moment

We recently had the chance to experience the fit of Zobha yoga and fitness apparel line. The Zobha line is exactly as described on their website, “lightweight, high-performing fabrics with exceptional fit and thoughtful details.” As soon as I put the pants on, the fabric felt amazing to wear. It is a blend of pre-shrunk Supplex® and Lycra® which is soft on the skin, while providing moisture-wicking, breathability, quick-dry, shape retention and stretch recovery. See all the details of the Anatomy of Zobha on their website. “Zobha” is a Sanskrit word meaning grace, beauty and brilliance. As stated by the founders of Zobha, “Zobha was born from a desire to create superior performance yoga and... Continue ...

Chair Encyclopedia by The PhysicalMind Institute

Chair Encyclopedia by The PhysicalMind Institute

The PhysicalMind Institute recently issued an updated version of its Chair Encyclopedia. The original book was published in 2004 and the latest edition within the last month or so. Since the original book was issued, Peak Pilates became a licensee for the patented Chair design which was created by and is owned by Joan Breibart. Peak has brought chair work to the masses with their MVe program which is offered in many gym settings in addition to Pilates studios. The books are nearly identical with the newer edition offering photographs in color. Photographs in the older version are black and white. Comparing the two, photographs in the new book are much clearer and in some cases, the view is slightly different which better... Continue ...

Pilates vs. GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®

Pilates vs. GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®

Chances are, you know a lot about Pi buy viagra 100mg lates. Chances are you do not know a lot about GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. GYROTONIC® is a relatively new fitness system (late 1970’s) touted by the likes of Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Anniston. But despite its celebrity buzz, you still may not know much about it. At first glance, GYROTONIC® bears some resemblance to Pilates. They both build strength and flexibility. They both have equipment and non-equipment based exercises. Just as Joe Pilates inspiration came out of his own childhood rickets and asthma, Romanian-born dancer Juliu Horvath devised the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® to help rehabilitate his back and Achilles tendon injuries. Both methods... Continue ...

Circular Pilates by Joan Breibart

Circular Pilates by Joan Breibart

Perhaps because the Pilates Method encompasses so much material and is ancient relative to traditional fitness, some individuals feel that nothing in the Method needs to change. Maybe that’s why we framed Standing Pilates® as “What Joe would have done if he were alive,” when we launched a few years ago. When Joe was teaching, osteoporosis was not epidemic; today weight bearing exercise is critical. Standing is a natural evolution of the Pilates mat work but now we have gone even further with the development of Circular Pilates. What is Circular Pilates? Circular Pilates teaches a continuous 25-minute routine of moving through rotational exercises in sitting, kneeling, supine, prone and standing configurations.... Continue ...

Ballet Pilates Fusion

Ballet Pilates Fusion

This DVD has such a nice mix of Pilates and ballet that it made me miss my days in ballet class. I have thought about taking a ballet class for years and this DVD gave me the ballet discipline I was wanting. Bernadette Giorgi, who developed the Just b Method, puts her varied background to good use as she mixes the three disciplines of ballet, Pilates and small hand weights for a fun and challenging method of conditioning. There is a modern ballet rhythmic warm-up, a Pilates-inspired mat workout with 2lb weights and a standing ballet and Pilates fusion using a band for added resistance. Anyone with a background in dance would enjoy the fusion of ballet barre work, Pilates and added resistance. It is a nice combination for... Continue ...

Pilatesstick

Pilatesstick

I first saw the Pilatesstick® in action at the Pilates Style Magazine’s 2007 conference in Ft. Lauderdale. This was the first conference that Charles Blount (inventor of the Pilates Stick) attended with the ‘Stick’, and he hoped it would prove to be a successful product launch. I’m not sure how many orders were placed for Pilatessticks that weekend, but Charles sold every ‘Stick’ he brought with him and took orders for many more, if the lines at his booth were any indication. It was actually one of my teachers who dragged me over to the Pilatesstick expo booth to try it out. She was trying to explain to me what it was on the way there, telling me that I could do most of the Cadillac work on it…... Continue ...

Gliding into Pilates

Gliding into Pilates

Pilates professionals as well as fitness instructors are always searching for new ways to expand their repertoire for clients. One of the more recent tools on the market to help instructors add spice and challenge to their workouts is called Gliding Discs. Developed by Mindy Mylrea, these Gliding™ discs are finding their way into many fitness centers and Pilates Studios across the nation. In the DVD that accompanies the discs, Total Body Basics, Mindy takes Maureen Hagen and Jeff Howard through an intense full body workout. It features exercises in which the Gliding discs are used for both strength and stability work for the upper and lower body. In this particular DVD, the standing lower body segment features back and... Continue ...

10 Minute Solutions with Pilates on the Ball

10 Minute Solutions with Pilates on the Ball

Lara Hudson is great in the 10 Minute Solution: Pilates on the Ball DVD. She speaks clearly, gives great cues and has great form. Her instruction is easy to watch and enjoyable to do. The 55 minute DVD is great for Pilates instructors and enthusiasts. I enjoyed doing the DVD with Lara and came away with many new ideas for myself and my clients. There are five 10 minute routines that you can do alone or link together: (1) Pilates for Abs (2) Lower Body Pilates (3) Upper Body Pilates (4) Total Body Pilates (5) Pilates for Flexibility. Each 10 minute routine has 7-10 unique exercises with the ball that are based on the original Pilates method. I thought of many people who would enjoy this routine. If you don’t... Continue ...

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